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... to Betz where I will spend a few days. We talked till dinner time, had a drink here and then downtown for dinner. Talked more and finally off to bed.
May 18, 2014-Sunday- Up to a dreary and very rainy day! Had not expected rain. It did clear up in the afternoon, when we went to a nearby home where 8 lady friends of Betz get together every Sunday afternoon, each bringing a few snacks. Home where we looked at some of my ...
... A few times during the movie freaked me out. After all, it was a 3D movie. They made sure to make it look like the dinosaur had seen you and might be coming after you. The last scene had a dinosaur scratching the screen. Scared me silly! It was quite an interesting movie. The restaurant was called Brasserie Monmarte. Yum! I had a perfectly done steak, and Greg had a perfectly done lamb. One of my best meals ever, along with food we had at the ...
... some pre-ride prep at another bar for cocktails in a massive jar and a buffalo burger (again amazing!) Day 3 - no beans, no cheese so just toast! Probably a good job considering how much I ate the day before :P Then off on my way. I'd handwritten my directions and all went well until I missed a turn off an accidently ended up in a town called 'Boring' which lived up to its namesake! That added a good 10km on to what turned out to be a 120km round trip and a ...
... bit different from some of the techniques people use today to get in touch with themselves, but surely the same goal, wouldn't you say?
History shows that various civilizations such as the Babylonians, Syrians and Sumerians used henna in their ...
... in the hallway who was just wondering about and asked if she wanted to join us, which she did. At the doughnut shop I tried this maple and bacon doughnut which was surprisingly tasty; tasted similar to pancake. Then we went to a brewery call Rouge which was highly recommended by a lot of people. After Rouge brewery it was time for me to check in so we headed back to the hostel. When I check in and was shown to my room I found out that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Benson Hotel Portland
Lobby & restaurants are great, but I really have to say that rooms do NOT live up to those standards.
Room was very small, extremely dark and surely could need a refurbishing. View to deteriorated inner court was probably the worst ever and there was extensive noise from airconditioning system. Suites probably are much better, but I would not recommend my room to anybody.
Luckily I was on business trip, so I didn't have to pay for that myself...
In other words, a nice place to eat or drink, but please sleep at another hotel.
The best hotel ever !
The staff was very friendly, and this hotel is really luxous... our room was on the last level so we had an awesome view of portland... i would recommand this hotel to everybody !
Perfect place to stay
This was our anniversary weekend. We had a very enjoyable time. The hotel staff were pleasant, location was nice - we walked most everywhere.
You MUST stay here!
This place is the most beautiful hotel I have stayed in for a long time. We were tired and sleepy from our long drive, but woke right up as we entered the lobby! This place was hopping - looked like the place to be with live music and a bar with couches to sit in and chandeliers all over the place - it was comfy and elegant at the same time. We put our things upstairs and went back down to enjoy the entertainment. It was so fun!
Pictures are deceiving
I booked my stay through priceline and boy did I feel ripped off! What I thought was a great deal ended up a loss. First of all, once you leave the comforts and designs of the lobby it turns into a motel. The rooms are very very small and the bed coverings are old and worn down along with the curtains. If it wasn't for the great customer service that the hotel provided, I would have been completely dissatisfied.
This hotel doesn't deserve to be rated a 4 star Hotel...Buyer Beware!
CAUTION!!!! Customer service=00
Our stay was nice, especially considering that it was a free weekend that we had won through a raffle/charity benefit. However, I would not recommend the use of their valet service as thye following occurred: 1. Our vehicle was stolen from their "secure" parking area 2. When we asked about recompense or assistance we were told it "was not their problem". 3. When video surveillance tapes were reviewed, it was apparent that our vehicle was used to ram a gate open for the parking area. We have never been treated in such a callous, bellilcose and irresponsible manner. We were treated with disregard by both the staff and our questions were "poo-poohed" off as not being important. Our "free" stay has cost us over $1,000 and innumerable hours, not to mention the mental anguish and resultant hassles that the noncooperation of the staff and management has caused me and my wife. We advise that travelers think twice before staying at an expensive hotel that allows and seems to condone theft and has NO concept of customer assistance/service.
A pleasant surprise
My husband and I were not expecting much after reading such negative reviews. We were pleased to find an ample, elegant and clean room. The staff was very helpful, the location excellent, and of course the lobby is opulant. It appears that the room size varies greatly. If possible, I would try to get one of the larger rooms in the older section of the Hotel. I would also try to get a better price than listed (we booked through Beatty Realty in Potland).
We stayed at the Benson Hotel in Portland. Orignially we were only going to spend one night there, but ended up spending three because it was such a pleasure. Even our dog was treated well!It reminded me of Europe. I would highly recommend it to anyone that needs to be near downtown Portland.
A tired hotel
The hotel lobby is beautiful as advertised, but past the entry, this is one tired hotel. The refurbishing needed by the rooms is only surpassed by that desperately required by the floor hallways. Have a drink, but stay elsewhere....
The lobby bar is absolutely wonderful, and the restaurants are the best in town. The fitness center is disappointing, and the associated gym (2 blocks away, $10/person) is a total rip-off. But, all of this would've been just fine if the beds hadn't been the worst I've slept on in years!! Seriously, worst than the cheapest motel. We booked our trip thru Expedia--at the exact same rate the hotel was offering thru their website--and I think they must've given us the worst room in the entire hotel. Buyer beware.